by Heather Hiestand
GENRE: Historical Romance (Victorian)
Greggory Redcake's plate is full. Widowed young and left with two small children, the manager of the Kensington location of the illustrious tea shop is besieged on all sides between the bakery and family matters. If only his remarkably efficient shop assistant, Betsy Popham, could manage his home life, too! But Greggory can't linger on thoughts of Betsy's fetching smile when a dead body is discovered in the bakery…
Betsy has no time for romance, not even with the delectable Mr. Redcake, whose kisses are all too unforgettable. Haunted by a specter from her family's past, Betsy is terrified that the man blackmailing her has turned to deadly violence. Yet the only way to save her position--and possibly her life--is to accept Greggory's help as their delicious attraction sweetens into the tantalizing promise of true love…
I have only read the sixth book of this series set in Victorian Age in a cake store. I really liked the original setting so I was excited to read this one. It hasn't disappointed me! There are very twists and lots of suspense, in this book prevails mysterious part on romantic one.
The life of Betsy has always been very complicated. She's the daughter of a killer and it is not easy to live with that reputation. She has undergone many blackmail and even had many disappointments in love. But she has never given up, is a hard worker and helped her boss Greggory manage his cake shop with great success. She's very attracted to him but she knows that they belong to two very different social classes. Greggory is a widower with two children. He really liked Betsy and also sees her as a potential second wife, although he is still very in love with his late wife. When things between them become more intense, Betsy is afraid that her past can destroy her life again. Meanwhile they will also handle the scandal of a corpse on their shop.
The plot is well developed and intriguing, in addition to the love story there is a riveting mystery to solve. It was hard to put it down because from the first chapters I really wanted to know the ending, to find out who the culprit was and how it would end between Betsy and Greggory ..
It 's the seventh book of the series Redcake but it can be read as a standalone.
Very enjoyable for great beach reading or a break from routine.
Oh, he felt guilty for how good it felt to come to his business, leaving his home in wealthy Kensington Church Walk, nose to nose with his clientele, his children, and his dead wife’s incomplete decorating schemes.
“Mr. Redcake?” Betsy asked again.
“So sorry, woolgathering.” Greggory forced a smile for his favorite employee. “You wanted to see me?”
“You wanted to see me,” Betsy said, pushing thick bangs off her forehead.
“Yes, sir. You came out of the back corridor into the foyer.”
Greggory straightened the photo of his wife on his desk. “Ah, but I wasn’t looking for you.”
“Very well, I’m sorry to disturb you then. I had the impression you needed something.”
You have no idea. He forced a smile. “I apologize. I heard something unusual as I was passing by the door and peered out. That young woman crying, I believe.”
Betsy winced. “I am sorry about that. She wanted to apply for a position, but she has no experience.”
“She will need to toughen up before she is suitable for the workplace.” He stared at the photo. Did it still belong on his desk?
Betsy nodded. “In her defense, her mother has just passed away. Yesterday, in fact.”
“And she’s looking for work? Is she destitute? I do wonder, in a case like this, if we should offer such a person a meal.” Greggory frowned. “Of course, we have to protect our clientele.”
“I gave her two boxes of baked goods. I’ll take the expense out of my paycheck, of course.”
“No, no, my dear. No need to do that. I appreciate your compassion with those less fortunate.” He opened a drawer and shoved in Letty’s photo. Maybe seeing her face less often would clear some cobwebs from his brain.
Betsy’s smile was strained, leading Greggory to wonder what he’d said wrong. Letty was the only woman he had never irritated. Until her pregnancy, at least, she’d been the most placid girl, peaceful. Sometimes, he had the impression Betsy Popham was anything but peaceful, but she was still the most magnificent example of buxom womanhood he’d ever seen.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Heather Hiestand was born in
but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has
claimed Illinois Washington State as home, except for a few years in . She wrote
her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the California . Her first published fiction
was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many
flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in
the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid
changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and
short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and
Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and
supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy
chair in the living room. University of Washington
For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is email@example.com.
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